Milosevic Building Large
Underground Bunker Complex
As Slobodan Milosevic, the Yugoslav president, faces the prospect of defeat at the polls for the first time in his political career, it has emerged that he has begun building an underground bunker complex for himself beneath a villa in eastern Serbia once used by Marshal Tito, writes Tom Walker.
(Note - Many world 'leaders' are building or have built secret underground complexes. Nuclear war, biowarfare, meteor strike, epidemics, and many other potential disasters are prompting a quiet but concerted effort by private citizens and politicians to build survival habitats underground.)
The extensive renovations of the former Yugoslav dictator's residence on a mountain known as Crni Vrh near the town of Bor come amid speculation in Belgrade about Milosevic's likely next move.
The formation of a new army unit designated to re-turn to Kosovo suggests Milosevic is willing to make more mayhem, but the strange goings-on at Crni Vrh indicate that he is contemplating life as a private citizen wanted for war crimes.
There is speculation that the bunker may provide him with refuge from international investigators trying to bring him to trial or even his own fellow countrymen if the popular mood turns against him.
News of the extensions under the villa - known to locals as "the forbidden city" - leaked out after Marko, Milosevic's freewheeling son, returned from a visit there, and told staff at his private Madonna discotheque in the clan's home town of Pozarevac that his father feared the worst. Only the villa's roof is visible from the nearest road, but powerful lights illuminate the site at night. Villagers say Milosevic normally travels there by helicopter, and he is said to have spent much of the Nato air campaign in a command bunker there.
The elections, set for September 24, will probably determine whether Milosevic has to retreat to Crni Vrh for his own safety. Already his security forces appear to be doing everything possible to turn the election his way, with the formation of an elite army unit in southern Kosovo an obvious ploy to swing voters.
About 1,000 infantry, backed by 200 tanks, armoured vehicles and helicopters, have begun exercises known as Return 2000, a clear reference to the army's desire to take up a clause in the Nato military agreement for Kosovo that allows limited numbers of Yugoslav soldiers back into the province.

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